What Are Garlic Scapes?
Which type of garlic do you grow? Hardneck garlic forms curly flower stalks called scapes which can be used to make a fantastic garlic scape pesto.
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The garlic scapes will eventually go to seed and may be used to plant new garlic. But it is generally recommended that these be removed to allow all the energy to concentrate on the growth of the garlic bulb.
If left on the plant, the curly stem forms a seed head. Cutting, or snapping off the scapes when they are young provides a wonderful, tender vegetable with a mild garlic flavor. They may be chopped and stir fried, or left whole like asparagus.
Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe
The garlic scapes may also be used them to make garlic scape pesto. They may be added to basil pesto, or can replace the basil altogether. Here’s my recipe:
- 2 cups of garlic scapes – you’ll have to chop them some in order to measure.
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 2 T pine nuts
Blend all of the ingredients until smooth in a blender or food processor (sometimes I add the pine nuts after blending if I want that crunch).
Fold the garlic scape pesto into a pound of cooked, hot pasta. Oh, my! The recipe may also be used as a dip with crackers or raw vegetables.
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